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Facts Behind Pirana's Akhand Jyot 

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Series 3 - Pirana's Eternal Light (Akhand Jyot) / 


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Facts Behind Pirana's Akhand Jyot 

Series 3 

Importance of Akhand Jyot at Pirana 


You may be aware that an Akhand Jyot (eternal light) is lit by Imam Shah himself at Pirana 
and it has been potrayed that this is a Hindu symbol. In fact, this is a “Noor” and one get 
the benefit only when one does a “Noorani Deedar” and gets to see the “TRUE IMAM”. 

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1. What is "Noor" or "Akhand Jyoit" that has been lit by Imam Shah? 

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2 . In order to get the "Noorani Deedar" why seeing a "True Imam" is necessary? 

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Satpanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

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From Wikipedia, the free eneyelopedia 

(Satpanth is a subgroup of Nizari Ismailism and Ismaili Sufism) 
fformed by conversions from Hinduism 700 years ago by Pi r) 
fsadruddin (1290-1367) and 600 years ago in the 15th cenlyiw by his) 
jptdson Pir Imam Shah fl430-1520lJ the latter of which differs 
slightly from the Khoja in that they reject the Aga Khan as their 
leader and are known more commonly as Imam-Shahi. There are 
villages in Gujarat which are totally 'Satpanthi' such as Pirana near 
Ahmedabad where Imam Shah is buried. 

It is also the older form of Ni zari Ismaili practice originating from th e 
Kutch community of Gujarat. (Pir Sadardin aave the first converts to) 
(Ismailism the name 'Sateandij because they were the followers of the 
True Path.' They were then given the title of Khoja to replace their 
title of Thakkar 



■ 1 The People 

■ 1.1 Leadership 

■ 1.2 Beliefs about the Leadership 

■ 1.3 Origin 

■ 1.4 Rituals 

■ 2 Scripture 

■ 3 References 

The Qur'an • The Ginans 
Reincarnation • 

Imam • Pir • Da‘T 1-Mutlaq 
‘Aql • Numerology • 
Zahir • Batin 

Seven Pillars 

Guardianship • Prayer • 

Fasting • Pilgrimage • 

Purity • Profession of Faith 

The People 


The people of the Satpanth consist mostly of high-caste converts 
from the Lohanas. Others are from Rajput, merchant, and farming 
castes. Some are migrants from neighbouring Indian states of 
Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan that now reside in Gujarat 
(mainly the Kutch and commercial areas) and Mumbai. Some 
communities are known to heavily continue to the practice of 1 |tqi 3 ^a| 
hiding any and all Islamic content of their faith. 


TAQIYYA is practiced 

Shoaib • Nabi Shu'ayb 
Seveners • Qarmatians 
Fatimids • Baghdad 

Hafizi • Taiyabi • Ainsarii 
Hassan-i Sabbah • Alamut 
Sinan • Hashshashln 
Pir Sadardin • Satpanth 
Aga Khan • Jama'at Khana 

m Early Imams 

The current head of the mainstream Satpanth Nizari Ismaili 
community is H.H. Shah Karim Al-Husayni Aga Khan IV, while the 
Imam-Shahi sect rejects the idea of an Aga Khan altogether, and 
instead have elected committees within each settlement. 

Ali • Hassan • Husain 
as-Sajjad • al-Baqir • as- 

Isma‘Tl • Muhammad 
Ahmad • at-Taql • az-Zakl 
al-Mahdl • al-Qa'im • al- 

al-Mu‘izz • al-‘AzTz • al- 


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Satpanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

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www.realpatidarcom^ i ^ t j i.- 

Beliefs about the Leadership 

Satpanth followers, called Mureeds believe that the physica l form of 
the Imam is merely a vessel for the spiritual Imam which is (Noor or) 
eternal Lightf They also believe that his farmans (proclamations), hi s 
shabd (word) an d his formless being (Niranjan Nirakar Swaroop are) • 
Cthe real Imam, j rhis concept of an esoteric Imam and an exoteric 
Imam is called "Baatini Imam" and "Zaahiri Imam" 

Satpanth devotees believe in "Noorani Deedar," which is the "Vision 
of Light" or Enlightenment (spiritual) one gets when one views the 

True Imam . This again has an esoteric and an exoteric meaning. 


Pir Sadruddin and his grandson Pir Imam Shah are credited with the 

conversion of the Khojas from the Hindu caste of the Lohanas who 

are located in Punjab, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. He laid the foundation of the c ommunal o rganization, 
built the first assembly and prayer halls and appointed the community leaders f'Mukhis") jKhojas live 
chietly m lower Sind, kutch, Gujarat, Bombay and m wide diaspora, particularly m hast and South 

Africa, Arabia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar (Burma), Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, U.A.E. and 
the United States. 


It is customary in each and every Jamaat-khana that a row of community Leaders and the Title 
Holders (male and female), should sit facing the rest of the congregation. There would be a row of 
individuals, sitting with their backs to the side wall, in the male as well as the female section. Both 
these sections are kept side by side in one big hall. Hence, a row of males would face and prostrate 
that of the females and vice versa. Looking at individuals of the opposite gender across the hall, and 
even the passing of objects between genders is highly discouraged if not forbidden. If an object must 
be passed such as utensils, the person must get up and leave it in the middle or end of the hall and it 
will eventually picked up by the intended recipient. The reading of Holy Dua is underaken whilst 
sitting on the floor on one's knees, or while sitting cross-legged as with other sects, with a Misbaha 
{rosary} being picked up at intervals. Any individual of any age who is fully versed in the Holy Dua 
can lead the prayer. 


The Holy Writ of the Satpanth tradition is the collection of Ginans written by various medieval Pirs, 
most notably Pir Sadruddin and Pir Satgur Nur. 


Dr Aziz Esmail A Scent of Sandalwood: Indo-Ismaili Religious Lyrics, London: Curzon in 
association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2002, pp. xi + 227. August 2002 

Dr Dominique-Sila Khan Crossing the Threshold: Understanding Religious Identities in South Asia, 
London: 1. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2005, pp. 185. May 2005 

Songs of Wisdom and Circles of Dance Hymns of the Satpanth Isma'ili Muslim Saint, Pir Shams 
Tazim R. Kassam 

az-Zahir ■ al-Musta„s[P?“@r®a'Pa‘ 


al-MustalT • al-Amlr • al- 

SWAROOP means Real 
Imam and not any Hindu 

NizM - Aga Khan IV 
Dawudl - Burhanuddin 
Sulaimanl - Al-Fakhri 


Pirana ma balto divo no 
faydo IMAM ne joya pachhij 

Atba-i-Malak Vakil - 


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Satpanth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

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www.realpatidax.cpm ,, / -i -/o ^ .. 

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